In the autumn of 1929 Hoppé spent several months touring the Indian Subcontinent to document the diverse geography and material cultures of these countries. Hoppé’s appearance in khakis and a plinth helmet clearly marked him as an outsider but his skill photographing, especially in the highly populated cities, was more than simply a technical achievement. Using mostly small, hand-held cameras, his photographs show unusual sensitivity and insight into the peoples and a spontaneity and distinctly modern approach heretofore absent from most photographs of India. With great sympathy to nuances of these Asian cultures, Hoppé presents the social, cultural and religious fabric of regions that had been unchanged for centuries. He also records the effects of British colonization, providing us with a range of subjects spanning the wide range of India’s social ladder.

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Bellary, 1929

Trivandrum, 1929

Benares, 1929

Bellary, 1929

Remeswaram, 1929

Benares, 1929

Railway Station, 1929

Ooty, 1929

Railway Station, 1929

Railway Station, 1929

Calcutta, 1929

Fatehabad Station, 1929

Pondicherry, 1929

Benares, 1929

Trivandrum, 1929

Trichinopoly, 1929

Udaipur, 1929

Udaipur Palace, 1929

Quilon, 1929

Benares, 1929

E.O. Hoppé: The Indian Subcontinent of the Cusp of Change (Marg Publishing, Mumbai, 2013)